Wednesday, November 29 2023

2014 - Reinventing Organizations - A guide to creating organizations inspired by the next stage of human consciousness

Author(s): Frederic Laloux
Year: 2014
Language: English
Publisher: Nelson Parker
ISBN: 978-2960133509
Number of pages: 382
Cover: Paper-bound
Size: 15,3 x 22,8 cm

The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date.

Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies.

The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation.

Government agencies and nonprofits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same.

All these organizations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings and a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs.

Deep inside, we long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose.

The solution, according to many progressive scholars, lies with more enlightened management.

But reality shows that this is not enough. In most cases, the system beats the individual-when managers or leaders go through an inner transformation, they end up leaving their organizations because they no longer feel like putting up with a place that is inhospitable to the deeper longings of their soul. 

We need more enlightened leaders, but we need something more: enlightened organizational structures and practices.

But is there even such a thing?

Can we conceive of enlightened organizations? 

Foreword ix
Introduction: the emergence of a new organizational model 1
Part 1
1 Historical and Developmental Perspective 11
1.1 - Changing paradigms: past and present organizational models 13
1.2 - About stages of development 37
1.3 - Evolutionary-Teal 43
Part 2
1 The Structures, Practices, and Cultures of Teal Organizations 53
2.1 - Three breakthroughs and a metaphor 55
2.2 - Self-management (structures) 61
2.3 - Self-management (processes) 99
2.4 - Striving for wholeness (general practices) 143
2.5 - Striving for wholeness (HR processes) 173
2.6 - Listening to evolutionary purpose 193
2.7 - Common cultural traits 225
Part 3
1 The Emergence of Teal Organizations 235
3.1 - Necessary conditions 237
3.2 - Starting up a Teal Organization 259
3.3 - Transforming an existing organization 267
3.4 - Results 285
3.5 - Teal Organizations and Teal Society 293
Appendices 307
1 - Research questions 309
2 - Beyond Evolutionary-Teal 315
3 - Structures of Teal Organizations 319
4 - Overview of Teal structures, practices, and processes 327
Notes 333
Selected readings 347
Index 351
Gratitudes 359